"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Obama, Liberalism and the "Black Community"

Both Drudge and Ace are highlighting this story about an apparently raucous town hall meeting in Detroit where Maxine Waters essentially asked an audience of urban black Democrats for permission to "unleash" the Congressional Black Caucus to put pressure on Obama to do something for the black community:
"The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president too," Waters said.  "We're supportive of the president, but we're getting tired, ya'll.  We're getting tired. And so, what we want to do is, we want to give the president every opportunity to show what he can do and what he's prepared to lead on. We want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don't know what the strategy is. We don't know why on this trip that he's in the United States now, he's not in any black community.  We don't know that."

As she discussed her dilemma -- frustrated with the president but hesitant to criticize him lest black supporters turn on her -- Waters asked the crowd for its permission to have a "conversation" with the president.  "When you tell us it's alright and you unleash us and you tell us you're ready for us to have this conversation, we're ready to have the conversation," she said. 
Waters apparently noticed that Obama's "Magical Misery" bus tour/campaign junket is apparently spending a lot of time with people who look, well, like this:

The problem, of course, is that what the black community in Detroit wants, and what Maxine Waters wants, and what Obama himself wants too, is a continuation and expansion of the very liberal programs (welfare, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, food stamps, Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, public education) that have made black Americans substantially more dependent on a dysfunctional government than any other community.   The policies they've championed have destroyed the black community, and more of the same won't change that.   When Maxine Waters says she wants Obama to do more for the black community, I'm reminded of the gal in 2009 (in Detroit, if I'm not mistaken) who was quoted as saying that she was in line to get some "Obama money" that he gets from his "stash."

Or this gal, who thought Obama would pay her mortgage:

These folks are probably nice people, but they have essentially been crippled intellectually and morally by liberalism.

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